Aqara brand, which cooperates closely with Xiaomi, is known for its smart home devices. You could saw smart door locks, various sensors and switches with Aqara logo. Last week, the Chinese company introduced a new IP camera called Xiaomi Aqara G2. It is compact, easy to set up and use, and also offers a high-quality HD image.
Let’s make the first review of new IP camera, and find out main features and functions of Xiaomi Aqara G2.
Xiaomi Aqara G2: Design
Looking at new Aqara G2 camera, it immediately becomes clear that it is made by Xiaomi. New IP camera has the same minimalist and stylish design, like other smart devices for home from Chinese manufacturer.
The camera has oval shape with the bottom cut off. The case is made of reliable ABS plastic of white color. Only the camera lens is made in black.
Dimensions of Xiaomi Aqara G2 are very compact – 82.4 x 56.5 x 50.5 mm. The camera fits easily in the palm of your hand. This makes it almost invisible part of interior. The weight is only 112 grams.
The front panel of Aqara G2 has a large round camera lens. There are also 8 infrared sensors around camera lens. Below is a small LED sensor.
On top there is only physical power button. On the back panel we can see a power connector.
The camera stands on a round leg, which is slightly smaller than the body itself. The leg is pulled out and allows the camera to turn and bend in any direction.
Using double-sided adhesive tape and magnetic plate, which are in the package contents, Aqara G2 camera can be mounted on a metal shelf, wall or ceiling. You can place the camera from any angle without using additional fasteners or tools. It is very convenient and will not spoil the look of your walls.
On the other hand, do not forget that Aqara G2 should have stable access to Wi-Fi. Keep this in mind when choosing a place to place an IP camera.
The package contents include a power adapter, USB cable, a needle to remove memory card and a user manual.
Xiaomi Aqara G2: Specifications
One of the main features of Xiaomi Aqara G2 is that it is not only IP camera, but also a hub for connecting all smart devices of your home. The camera uses Zigbee 3.0 technology, which provides an economic power consumption and a stable wireless connection.
Using the camera app, you can remotely control other smart devices, such as opening curtains, turning on the lights or air conditioning. You just need to connect other smart devices to Aqara G2 camera.
It is also important to clarify that Xiaomi Aqara G2 camera is compatible only with Aqara smart ecosystem devices. Unfortunately, it does not work with Mi Home devices.
Recorded videos are stored on a microSD card. You can use a memory card from 32 GB to 128 GB. Also, videos can be saved to the cloud storage. If someone steals a camera, you can track it by video clips on a cloud.
The new IP camera received 2-megapixel image sensor and 8 infrared sensors for shooting at night. The sensitivity of camera has increased by 42%. Aqara G2 records video in HD quality with a resolution of 1080P. The viewing angle of the camera is 140 degrees.
The manufacturer claims that the new camera shoots high-quality video over a distance of 8 meters. This is a very good result.
Xiaomi Aqara G2 is equipped with a motion sensor, which at any time will notify you about stranger in the house. The camera has received the support of artificial intelligence technology to recognize people.
Aqara G2 detects movement or change in the position of objects in the house. Also, artificial intelligence prevents false alarm, for example, if there are pets running around the house.
Two-way communication through the app allows you not only to hear what is happening in front of the camera, but also to inform guests about your presence. If you are not comfortable talking to guests, you can record video messages for up to 15 seconds. To do this, press the button on the top and hold it for 3 seconds.
Xiaomi Aqara G2: Price and buy
Xiaomi Aqara G2 smart IP camera went on sale on March 26 at a price of $39.
This is a good price for not only IP camera, but also a hub to control other smart devices in the house.
The new camera has received a support of artificial intelligence technology for quick motion detection and recognition of people. It is also able to shoot video in HD resolution at a distance of up to 8 meters. This is a very useful device for home or office security.